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23 May2020

The developing world needs its own coronavirus policies

Published by The Australian

Across the world, countries have imposed social distancing regulations to avoid overwhelming the health care capacity during the coronavirus pandemic — the so-called “flatten the curve”. Such a policy can make a lot of sense. The first peer-reviewed cost-benefit analysis of the US shows just that. It looks at moderate social distancing, an approach similar to Sweden’s. Here, social interaction is reduced about 40 per cent, allowing schools and work to stay open but dramatically reducing contacts in all other public areas.

14 May2020

Improved Access to Free Senior High School

Published by The Daily Graphic

Achieving universal primary and secondary education is a central target of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Completion of primary and secondary education equips individuals with the needed skills and knowledge to establish businesses, seek employment, and save to secure their futures. Higher levels of education ultimately result in improved intergenerational mobility and sustained poverty reduction. Ghana continues to face some challenges in this sector, including limited space for increased admission and insufficient infrastructure for senior high school education. In 2017, space...

12 May2020

Bjorn Lomborg - The Adam Carolla Show

Published by The Adam Carolla Show

On the Adam Carolla Show, I recently discussed why corona policies will do more harm than good in many developing countries, and that there are much more effective ways to save lives.

7 May2020

Hypertension – Ghana’s Disease of the Future?

Published by The Daily Graphic

In Ghana, health care policy interventions and research budgets have traditionally been directed towards combatting communicable diseases like HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. These are still a major public health concern, but as the country advances toward greater prosperity, the prevalence of non-communicable diseases is also rapidly increasing. Cardiovascular diseases, cancers, and diabetes are particularly on the rise in Ghana, and one of the largest risk factors for complications such as stroke and coronary heart disease is high blood pressure.

1 May2020

WHO says Sweden should be world model for coronavirus response

Published by Tucker Carlson Show

Sweden is what you get when you ask experts to run the show. If we do not have a cure and we don’t have a vaccine that doesn’t seem to be forthcoming, you really have three options. You can let corona rip through society, you can have moderate social distancing (which is what Sweden has done), and you can have strict lockdowns which are what many states have done.” Nobody is suggesting that you should just let corona rip through society but likewise, you need to understand that a strict lockdown is simply not sustainable.

30 Apr2020

Investments in Mental Health for Far-Reaching Benefits

Published by The Daily Graphic

Mental health problems are a major contributor to the disease burden across the world and in Ghana. They have a significant impact on individuals through increased disability and mortality, but they also generate substantial costs for Ghana and elsewhere in the form of lost productivity. The costs of poor mental health have been conservatively estimated to account for between 3% and 4% of GDP in developing countries. Globally, the World Economic Forum and the Harvard School of Public Health have estimated the cost of mental illness at US$2.5 trillion every year, with a projected increase to...

29 Apr2020

WHO lauds lockdown-ignoring Sweden as a ‘model’ for countries going forward

Published by New York Post

The World Health Organization lauded Sweden as a “model” for battling the coronavirus as countries lift lockdowns — after the nation controversially refused restrictions. Dr. Mike Ryan, the WHO’s top emergency expert, said Wednesday there are “lessons to be learned” from the Scandinavian nation, which has largely relied on citizens to self-regulate.

23 Apr2020

Better Health Through Improved Sanitation

Published by The Daily Graphic

Around 2.5 billion people in the world lack access to dignified sanitation services. In Ghana, coverage is abysmally low. Only 22% of the urban population have improved, non-shared facilities with shared toilets the most common service option in cities, accounting for over 60% of coverage. With rapid urbanization further complicating the issue, sanitation is a serious challenge for the country. Programs to improve the situation have been implemented, but no systematic scale-up has so far been projected to boost urban sanitation across the country.

22 Apr2020

Earth Day at 50: A surprising success story

Published by The Globe and Mail

As we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the birth of modern environmentalism, we should pause to give each other a virtual high five for the impressive environmental progress society has accomplished during this span. We should also think about the ways we can make the next 50 years far more effective. Case in point: many people are surprised to hear that the environment is improving. A lot. This surprise grows from the unfortunate flip side of the Earth Day legacy, which too often can focus on doomsaying and alarmism, which can make us despondent and drive poor policies.

16 Apr2020

A Sustainable Future for Ghana’s Fishing Sector

Published by The Daily Graphic

Fishing makes a substantial contribution to Ghana’s economy and employment, sustaining the livelihoods of at least 3 million people, including half a million women. In West Africa, fish constitutes about one-third of animal protein consumed. However, the marine fish stock in Ghana is biologically over-exploited and at risk of collapsing. Catches have declined in recent decades, small-sized fish have become prevalent, and only 40% of the fish consumed in Ghana today is produced locally. Excess fishing is worsened by illegal, unreported activities and destructive techniques.